Truma S Series Heaters in the Snow

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  1. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

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    Hi all,

    Although we don't own this type of heater anymore, we have noticed on campsites recently that lots of outfits, both MHs and caravans, using this type of heater have not prepared for the winter conditions in the same way our continental cousins do!
    The 'chimney', as you all know, exits through the roof and we have noticed, with a covering of snow, that the flue is blocked! Very dodgy!!!
    Flue extension kits are available from Truma, we were just wondering, has anyone suffered from problems when running on gas in bad snowy conditions?
    Or were we over-cautious when we bought the extension kit for our old MH?
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Have not got one now,, but when we were tuggers, many years ago we had the same sort of chimney,, and got caught out in the snow,, we found from the heat going up the chimney that the cowl and surrounding roof area because of the heat always seemed to keep clear..

    But as you say could be a problem if the heater is not on overnight if it snowed,, good point you have made,, and it would be handy to keep a brush nearby to sweep any build up around the flue/cowl.. :thumb:
     
  3. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    Hi, good point, never really thought about it with our last van, that had a chimney and a ladder.:BigGrin: This one has the vents on the side so no problem, but do get some really big Icicles below them when its freezing cold.:BigGrin: The only thing on the roof is a solar panel, we have no ladder but Jane has been out the roof light and cleaned the panel.:Wink::Rofl1::Rofl1: Bob.
     
  4. John & Joan

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    We have the S3000 in our Hymer. I hope we won't be affected by snow this year as we are in Southern Spain at the moment.

    We were in the UK last winter and as has been said before the heat rising from the fire kept the chimney clear.
     
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    I suppose the real risk would be in heavy snowfall, with strong winds where the possibility of a sudden covering of the cowl exists.
    Obviously, there is no possibility of being gased, but you could wake up cold with a flat igniter battery if the heater flamed out during the night!
     
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